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Variants of Perception

by Mick Chillage

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A man of prolific means and invention to match, Mick Chillage is one of those names virtually synonymous with deep, high-quality, far-reaching electronic music, an artist who easily glides between modes of ambience and rhythmic facility with a finely-honed, agile grace. His return to the Carpe Sonum fold is no less dramatic. The lengthy pieces adorning this latest work allow the artist’s usual stately pace to run free and allow his gradually dawning motifs room to pulse and breathe; ten minutes of a typical Chillage piece often exposes more ideas per second than other artist’s whole volumes. The dramatis analogae of “Echoes of Perception” takes in a veritable smorgasbord of synths, modules, pads, sequencers, bass, and perambulating ghost-voices that together paint a unearthly picture teeming with all sorts of wonderfully devised gossamer and broad, electronic gimcrackery. His many collaborations with Lee Norris as Autumn of Communion seemed to have rubbed off on this one, as Chillage fairly revels in a bubbling tableau of starshine beats, spaced-out shimmer, and supple beds of pillowly-soft rhythmatix. “A Recollection of Distant Environments” finds him channelling the ever-present (and reverential) Namlookisms of yore but skewed through a Berlin school filter of chocolate-coated sequencers, and the kind of beat structure so beloved of IDMers from Boards of Canada to Black Dog, further reincarnated from late 90s imprints such as n5MD, De:focus, and Rephlex. Sweet licorice labyrinths of sonic perambula to get all twisty in.


released March 25, 2022

DUBLIN 2019-2020

Everyone views the world through different eyes, if we all try to understand and respect the perception of others maybe our planet could be a more peaceful place. 
– Mick Chillage 2022 

All tracks written and produced by Michael Gainford at the Igloo Dublin Ireland between 2019 and 2020. 

Mastered by Black Particle.

Thanks to Dave at Carpe Sonum for his carefully chosen selections, Al for the warm and detailed mastering, and Kracker for his patience and brilliant visions.

Special thanks to all that support and inspire my music, and to my family and friends for being there.


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Mick Chillage Dublin, Ireland

Producing various strains of electronica since the mid 90's

Releasing CD albums on Pete Namlook's legendary FAX records, Lee Norris's ...Txt, Fantasy Enhancing, Neo Tantra Label, Carpe Sonum, Databloem, amongst many more labels from around the globe.

Also involved in many collaborations. Autumn Of Communion with Lee Norris
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